With Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, here are three takeaways from what the Cleveland Browns accomplished last night.
The Cleveland Browns walked into the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night armed with a pair of draft picks and the resolve to keep rebuilding the roster.
A few hours later, thanks to a pair of trades, they walked out with three players plus an extra first-round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Browns may not have landed a quarterback, but by selecting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers and Miami tight end David Njoku, they continued to restock a roster left depleted by previous regimes, according to executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown, per the team’s website:
"“For us, high-value draft picks in the first couple rounds are tremendously valuable. We have a long way to go to get our roster where it needs to be. We understood that. This is a great opportunity to really add a player and add another player next year that we hope will be again another impact player for us. It’s really for us a two-for-one, and where we are coming from on our roster, that’s valuable.”"
As we wait for the draft to resume tonight with rounds two and three, here are three takeaways from the first round.